| May 21, 2012
| 2:24 PM
A town hall meeting to discuss a proposed federal immigrant detention center in the south suburbs was called off today due to security concerns related to the NATO summit, officials said.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. postponed the meeting at the Crete-...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 8:23 AM
On a big week for election news, Trib Nation invited a diverse group of connectors to have lunch with us and share their view of the 2012 election.
What do they see as the campaign's narrative? More importantly, what is motivating them and the people...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 11:10 AM
Local immigrant advocates today praised the president’s order to halt the deportations of some young undocumented residents, though they remain hopeful that Congress will pass a comprehensive law providing a path to citizenship.
Alaa Mukahhal, 25,...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to put a long standing Chicago practice on the books to ensure that police detain only undocumented immigrants who are suspected or convicted criminals.
The symbolic ordinance Emanuel proposed Tuesday would allow city police to...
| Nov 4, 2012
While President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is planning a private party in McCormick Place for supporters on election night, plans for a smattering of open gatherings are beginning to emerge in the final days of the presidential race.
| Nov 6, 2012
| 6:38 AM
Four years ago, Janesh Rahlan watched the Grant Park presidential election extravaganza play out on TV from the confines of his parent's Aurora home.
"I did want to go, but my parents said that is not happening on a school night," said Rahlan, now 20 and...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 2:17 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today approved legislation that would allow tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have special drivers licenses, but the bill’s fate in the House is still up in the air.
The proposal, sponsored by...
| Jun 15, 2011
When Illinois passed its own version of the DREAM Act in late May, a DePaul student group shared some of the credit in the successful lobbying effort....
| Nov 9, 2011
Veteran Chicago commentator Dennis Byrne is a weekly contributor to the Tribune's commentary pages and the proprietor of The Barbershop, a ChicagoNow blog. In Wednesday's Tribune he joins me in The Rhubarb Patch to discuss the 2012 presidential race. To.....
| Jun 21, 2012
Today, I debate the 2012 presidential race with Jeff Berkowitz, a former business litigation lawyer and economics professor who hosts "Public Affairs," a cable interview show that focuses on Illinois politics. From Jeff, to Eric: In your Sunday column,...
| Dec 11, 2009
Reversing course, the Obama administration granted a one-year reprieve Thursday to Rigo Padilla, an undocumented college student whose months-long quest to avoid being kicked out of the country has fueled street rallies, an Internet campaign and growing...